I’ve wrestled a lot in life with some problematic perfectionist tendencies. An irritating idealism that sometimes makes me cranky or hard to work with and other times serves as a sorry excuse for throwing in the towel or not following through. I’ve burnt out on certain hobbies, or become impatient with steep learning curves where mastery appeared very distant. As I’ve gotten older I’ve learned to muster more self discipline, pick my battles more wisely, and be more patient with myself and others. It’s still a work-in-progress.
-Tony Konecny, “Brewing Perfection”, Tonx Frequency Blog
This post to the Frequency blog on Tonx.com resonated with me on a number of levels. Heart-felt, straight-forward, and realistic is this view of the beauty (and equality) of coffee.
In one of the recent episodes of “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” there was a short discussion of the emergence of the cafe and more importantly coffee as the great equalizer among scientific minds and commoners; Tony’s ideas lead to the same subtext in my mind. All things being equal, the coffee itself and even the equipment, coffee made at home by me can be as good as something made by a world-class barista.
It is posts like this one that I will miss if they go away with the merging of Tonx and Blue Bottle Coffee.
Did the Internet community peak at bookmarks? Asked in a different and perhaps more complete way: just as technologies like RSS and email in their purest forms are hard to beat even as technology marches forward, what better technology exists to keep track of information on the ever-expanding Internet than bookmarks? Taken a step further, what better way to share the bookmarked information than a site of your own? As such, I‘ve been reading, which is why I write now.
Working in and having a passion for libraries, I am struck by the fact that the way bookmarks work in the physical world is not directly analogous to bookmarks in the digital world. Bookmarks in the digital world are instead like dog-eared pages or highlighted passages; if you think of the Internet as a single tome, that is. In any case, anything that moves you to deface a book should probably be shared or become immortalized in some other way than just a reference for a future version of yourself.